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– based on Butoh and Organic Movement with Yumiko Yoshioka

By Fujiwara Dance Inventions

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Starts on Wed, May 17, 2023 12:00 PM EDT


The School of Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre 509 Parliament Street Toronto, ON M4X 1P3 Canada

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  • 2 days 4 hours
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DATES - May 17 - 19

TIME - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

COST - $200

The main focus of this workshop is a conscious research of our body/mind/soul unification, so we can deeply enjoy the intrinsic process of metamorphosis in the spirit of dance. Through a continuous exploration of our past collective memories, we can strike a vein of abundant creative resources, enriching the essence of our life. The body is a receptacle of time. Body resonance is a key to opening up the doors of an ever-changing world inside and outside of ourselves, which helps the body to unfold its secrets, holding them up until they shine and tremble. Everything is in resonance with each other. Through a dialogue with our body, we can learn to be moved by inner and outer forces, thus realizing we are a part of the Universe. A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears.

Workshop Content:

- Release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), Taichi and Yoga

- Breathing exercises AUN

- Dynamic training for the flow of energy

- Butoh-related work (sensitization, combination of image and movement with antenna exercises such as figure of 8, water ball, animal, insect, snake, witch and fairy, the creatures inside us, hanging body, walking, dialogue with a partner etc)

- Structured improvisation and choreography

Yumiko Yoshioka: dancer, choreographer, teacher, art director .

Yumiko Yoshioka is a Japanese Butoh dancer, dance teacher and choreographer originally from Tokyo. Since 1988 she has been based in Berlin.

Yumiko was a former member of Ariadone in 1974, the first female Butoh company, founded by Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Murobushi. In 1978, she performed with Carlotta and Ko in Paris ” Le Dernier Eden- Porte de L’Au-Dela “, the very first Butoh performance to be presented in a public theater outside Japan. In 1988 she became a co-founder of tatoeba THÉ TRE DANCE GROTESQUE with Minako Seki and delta RA’i in Berlin (1988 - 1996).

Between 1995 – 2015 she was a core member of TEN PEN CHii art labor, an interdisciplinary and experimental art formation as a dancer and a choreographer along with JoaXhim Manger (visual artist) and Zam Johnson (composer and musician) .

Since 1995 she has also set up various collaborative projects across Europe such as “eX…it!, Dance eXchange Festival” at Schloss Bröllin in Germany, (the last one took place in 2019), dance projects with Gest-Azione, with Annalisa Maggiani from Italy; and dance creations with Rena Konstantaki from Greece. She has been a superviser of “Butoh Lab Camp” project in Romania since 2021.

Her workshop “Body Resonance, based on Organic Movement and Butoh” is invited to many countries across the world

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